Rail Transport in Argentina

Rail Transport In Argentina

The Argentine railway network comprised 47,000 km (29,204 mi) of track at the end of the Second World War and was, in its time, one of the most extensive and prosperous in South America. However, with the increase in highway construction, there followed a sharp decline in railway profitability, leading to the break-up in 1993 of Ferrocarriles Argentinos (FA), the state railroad corporation. Since that time several private and provincial railway companies have been created and have resurrected some of the major passenger routes that FA once operated. The railroad network today, with its 34,059 km (21,163 mi) of track, is now far smaller than it once was.

The railways of Argentina operate over track of the following five rail gauges:

Main line gauges:
Indian gauge: 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) – 24,481 km (15,212 mi)
Standard gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) – 2,765 km (1,718 mi)
Metre gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) – 11,080 km (6,885 mi)
Secondary gauges:
Narrow gauge: 750 mm (2 ft 5 1⁄2 in) – 409 km (254 mi)
Minimum gauge: 500 mm (19 3⁄4 in) – 8 km (5 mi)

Read more about Rail Transport In Argentina:  Commuter Network, Intercity Passenger Services, Freight Network, Tourist Railways, International Rail Links To Adjacent Countries, Incidents

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